Author Archives: BNS Staff

31 Days of SMA: Singing Is My Great Passion and Therapy

Photo courtesy of Beth Whitby Day 11 of 31 This is Beth Whitby’s (@rolling_in_vintage) story: My name is Beth Whitby, I am 35 years old, and I have SMA type 2. I live in the U.K. with my husband and daughter. I have always believed and been taught…

31 Days of SMA: I Realized My Goals with Perseverance

Photo courtesy of John Jones II Day 6 of 31 This is John Jones II’s story: I was diagnosed with SMA at a very young age, making it a part of my life since before my recollection. That is a blessing really, to not have to navigate life that…

31 Days of SMA: My Life’s Work Is Advocating for Others

Photo courtesy of Sarah Cheung Day 5 of 31 This is Sarah Cheung’s (@sarahpcheung) story: From a young age, I wanted to help others. I was crushed when I realized I could not become a nurse due to my physical limitations (I have SMA type 1). Given my…

31 Days of SMA: I Write to Offer a Unique Perspective

Photo courtesy of Chaz Hayden Day 4 of 31 This is Chaz Hayden’s (@thechazhayden) story: Hey, friends! My name is Chaz, I’m 25 years old, and I have SMA type 1. I’m a soon-to-be-published author with my debut novel, The First Thing About You, releasing in fall…

31 Days of SMA: The Pandemic Gave Me Time to Rest

Photo courtesy of Ainaa Farhanah Amali Day 3 of 31 This is Ainaa Farhanah Amali’s (@ainaafrhanah) story: “Sweet, sour, salty, mixed” — that’s how I describe Year 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic, which of course has not ended yet. Last year, when the first cases were announced, many…

31 Days of SMA: My Marriage Makes Good Things Happen

Photo courtesy of Rachel Stewart Day 2 of 31 This is Rachel Stewart’s story: Growing up, I didn’t have any role models with my disability, let alone know someone with SMA who was married, or in a queer relationship. And I certainly didn’t see any representation on TV or…